Primary schools in England will benefit from better PE lessons and improved sport opportunities next year

£320 million PE and Sport Premium will help schools prioritise physical activity with education, as schools build back better from the pandemic

Schools to carry forwards underspends of PE and Sport Premium and prioritise longer-term physical recovery  

Primary school children in England will benefit from higher quality PE lessons and better sport opportunities, the Education Secretary has announced today.  

Backed by a £320 million investment, the PE and Sport Premium will encourage children to play more sport, increase their social skills, and improve their physical activity after lockdown. Schools will also be able to improve the quality of their teaching and make longer-term, sustainable changes to their lessons.  

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:  “I am pleased to announce that we will continue to fund the PE and Sport Premium next year, so primary schools can continue to prioritise children’s physical wellbeing alongside education recovery. 

“Children’s physical health has never been more important, and I am proud that this investment will build on our actions across government to support this activity – including through our School Sport and Activity Action Plan, and our £10.1 million investment helping school sport facilities and swimming pools.”   

The funding, for the next academic year, can be used by schools alongside any money leftover from the PE and Sport Premium grant this year or last. These underspends can be used by schools until 31 July 2022, and will help them to prioritise physical activities, sport and physical education with mental health and wellbeing support, or education catch up and tutoring.  

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:  “Today’s announcement confirming the PE and Sport Premium for the next academic year gives schools the opportunity to improve the quality of their sport provision and plan ahead with their funding. It is vital all children have an active start in life, and our continued investment will play an important part in their development and recovery from the pandemic.”  

The funding builds on the ambitious School Sport and Activity Action Plan, which will be updated later this year.  

The government is working closely with the sector to improve children and young people’s physical activity, including through investment; building on core content for physical activity in the health and relationships school curriculum; and working across the sector to produce targeted videos, guidance, and support to continue to prioritise PE, sport and physical activity.   

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said:   “We welcome the confirmation of further PE and Sport Premium funding for the next academic year. Their time at school is a huge part of how children can engage with the activity they enjoy, and which can also support them to focus and learn. After a year of significant disruption to children’s activity levels and schooling, a high-quality PE and sport offer, boosting their health and wellbeing, has never been more important.” 

Sue Wilkinson MBE, CEO of Association for Physical Education, said:  “The Association for Physical Education is delighted that the Primary PE and Sport premium will continue for an additional year and that schools will be able to carry over any underspend. This will enable schools to plan for sustainable solutions to ensure that all their children will be able to access high-quality PE and physical activity. Now more than ever, it is critical that we place PE front and centre in schools, to prioritise all children’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive wellbeing and development – and we believe schools will be a key driver in achieving the best outcomes for all.” 

Ali Oliver MBE, CEO of the Youth Sport Trust said:  “The confirmation of the Primary PE and Sport Premium today is such welcome news.  The importance of daily physical activity, weekly physical education, and regular opportunities for all children to enjoy sport has never been more important to young people’s wellbeing, education, and development. This investment and the opportunities it will support should be recognised as an important contributor to our national recovery. Not only will it help accelerate young people’s physical recovery but it should also bring fun, enjoyment, and reconnection, as well as supporting their re-engagement in the classroom. 

“Next week schools across the country will be holding sports days as part of National School Sport Week and celebrating the important and powerful role of school sport and PE in improving lives. There is huge demand from schools, parents, carers, and young people for more opportunities to be active and get outdoors, as well as a growing consensus on the need for PE and sport to be positioned at the core of the curriculum. This funding should help many primary schools to improve provision of PE and sport and develop teachers’ confidence to deliver it.” 

Cheryl Stennett
GSSN Network Manager /  School Games Organiser

In light of the current situation with the schools concerns around the Coronavirus, coupled with a large number of schools withdrawing from this week’s events, we have discussed this with our GSSN steering committee and we have decided to postpone all remaining events this term.

The plan will be to rearrange these events, where at all possible, for the summer term.

This involves all the events below.

Tuesday 17th March - Advanced Gym and Key Steps 3 Gymnastics

Thursday 19th March - Quicksticks Hockey

Thursday 26th March - Quadkids Athletics

Tuesday 31st March - Large Swimming Gala

Wednesday 1st April - Small Swimming Gala

We will also be cancelling the Tennis CPD which was due to take place on Friday 27th March.

I do hope that schools understand and support this decision, I am sure that like us you will agree that the health and well-being of us all must come first.

Stay Safe


***Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, we are having to relocate our KS2 Key Steps Competition next Tuesday 4th February from 9.30-12.30

This will no longer be held at Ribston Hall High School but at ST PETER'S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL.
Post Code GL4 0DD. **




The Teams

This competition is for students in Year 3 and Year 4.
Teams will be made up of 6 gymnasts (teams can be a mix of boys and girls).
All 6 gymnasts will compete, with the top 5 scores counting towards the team score.

Teams need to be made up of children who receive no more than 1 hour of community gymnastics club coaching per week.

This is not a competition for gymnasts who already receive development coaching and perform in a competitive structure outside of school.

See event details for further information and how to register

Gloucester City Cross Country Training Squad 2019/20

***Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, we are having to relocate our next two Gloucester City cross country training sessions which are due to take place this Friday 31st January and the final session which is the selection race on Friday 14th February both from 2.00pm -3.00pm

 This will no longer be held at Ribston Hall High School but at Plock Court open fields next to the Gloucestershire University Arena (UoG Arena). This is not Oxtalls Tennis Centre, you need to drive past the Tennis Centre and park in front of the new Arena building where signage will direct you to our meeting place in the wooden auditorium overlooking the field.

Post code GL2 9DW


Congratulations to all competitors that qualified on the top 15 for Years 5&6 and top 10 for Year 4 at the Gloucester City Cross Country Championships.

In recognition of their outstanding performance, those athletes have been selected for the Gloucester City training squad and may then be selected from this squad to run in the Gloucestershire County Cross Country Championships which will be taking place on Saturday 29th February 2020 at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School in Wotton- Under- Edge, GL12 8 RB.

The training sessions will provide athletes with an excellent opportunity to develop your Cross Country running. Whilst these sessions are optional it is hoped that most children will be able to attend most sessions.

Training sessions will take place at Ribston Hall High School  * new venue** please see above for details.

Sessions will run from 2.00pm till 3.00pm on the following dates:

Friday 29th November
Friday 17th January
Friday 31st January
Friday 14th February - Selection race

Saturday 29th February - County Championships (if selected)

Cheryl Stennett
School Games Organiser